The Tao Broadened Horizons Contest
“Cannot be named
Cannot be found,”
For in this effort--this person
Into non-Tao becomes wound.
The Tao was before time’s beginning.
The Tao is not found in complex systems,
But is revealed by listening to the heart,
To the oneness of all living things,
The honoring of all beings.
There is the start!
For the Tao has been
Endowed by nature to all.
Therefore, no need for grasping.
The Tao is to be found
In the silence between breaths,
By seals in the waves
Jumping in play,
By a caring hand on a
Fevered brow, there is the Way.
Father Merton wonders
Did St Francis join with the Tao,
And the Buddha sitting under the Bodhi tree
A way to end suffering
Brought on by attachment to anger,
Delusion and greed.
Thus the way of Tao, simplicity,
Release attachment to things.
The Tao has been called “Mother
Of all Truth and Life.”
This humble person must stop
For all this explaining is non-Tao
So she will stop
She will stop right NOW!
Referenced in many ways: “The Way of Chuang Tzu” by Thomas Merton.